Celebrating 175 years of teaching and training: University to host thanksgiving service

University of Gloucestershire is hosting a service of thanksgiving to celebrate 175 years of teaching and training for generations of students.

The service will give thanks for the founders of the first college for training teachers in Cheltenham that went on to successfully expand and develop into the current University, which has eight academic schools at locations in both Cheltenham and Gloucester.

The Bishop of Tewkesbury, Rt Revd Robert Springett, who serves on the University Council, will be giving the address at the thanksgiving service.

Former student Martin Houghton-Brown, now CEO of St John Ambulance, will also be sharing his own experiences and memories.

The event will be held at The Chapel at the University’s Francis Close Hall Campus in Cheltenham on Wednesday 29 June between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The service finishes at 3.30pm and will be followed by tea and cake.

Tickets for the service are free but must be booked via Eventbrite in advance.

Revd Simon Witcombe, Senior Chaplain at the University (pictured), said: “We’re very much looking forward to hosting the service of thanksgiving to celebrate the past 175 years of teaching and training.

“The service will be a marvellous opportunity to say thanks for the founders of what is now the University and for our former students and staff to take a special trip down memory lane together and reflect on their time with us.”

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